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The structural organization of the mitochondrial respiratory complexes as four big independently moving entities connected by the mobile carriers CoQ and cytochrome c has been challenged recently. Blue native gel electrophoresis reveals the presence of high-molecular-weight bands containing several respiratory complexes and suggesting an in vivo assembly(More)
The binding affinity of NtcA towards promoter regions of the microcystin gene cluster from Microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7806 has been analyzed by band-shift assay (EMSA). The key nitrogen transcriptional regulator exhibits affinity for two fragments of the bidirectional mcyDA promoter, as well as for promoter regions of mcyE and mcyH. The presence of(More)
Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein is a DNA-binding protein which regulates iron-responsive genes. Recombinant Fur from the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena PCC 7119 has been purified and characterized, and polyclonal antibodies obtained. The experimental data show that Fur from Anabaena dimerizes in solution with the involvement of disulphide(More)
The Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein is a global regulator in most prokaryotes that controls a large number of genes. Fur is a classical repressor that uses ferrous iron as co-repressor and binds to specific DNA sequences (iron boxes) as a dimer. Three different genes coding for Fur homologues have been identified in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. FurA(More)
Capacitation of spermatozoa, a complex process occurring after sperm ejaculation, is required to produce fertilization of the oocyte in vivo and in vitro. Although this process results from a poorly understood series of morphological and molecular events, protein tyrosine phosphorylation has been associated with sperm capacitation in several mammalian(More)
The occurrence of free-living amoebae (FLA) was investigated in 83 water samples from reservoirs and water treatment plants, with culture positive in 64 of them (77.1%). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of partial 18S rRNA gene and ITS region was performed in order to identify amoeba isolates, and the presence of Legionella pneumophila , Mycobacterium spp.,(More)
Roots from iron-deficient sugar beet grown in the presence of calcium carbonate exhibit a yellow color and autofluorescence typical of flavin-like compounds, whereas roots of control, iron-sufficient plants exhibited no yellow color and extremely low autofluorescence. The two major flavins whose accumulation is induced by iron deficiency have been shown to(More)
Ferric uptake regulation (Fur) proteins are prokaryotic transcriptional regulators that integrate iron metabolism with several environmental stress responses. The regulatory network that governs Fur proteins is rather complex. Control at several stages from gene transcription to post-translational binding of different ligands has been reported in Fur from(More)
Ferric uptake regulator (Fur) proteins are widely recognized as repressors that in many prokaryotes regulate a large number of genes involved in iron homeostasis and oxidative stress response. In our study, we were able to identify the complete sequence of the fur gene from Microcystis aeruginosa using inverse-polymerase chain reaction. DNA sequence(More)
DNA sequence analysis of the Anabaena sp. PCC7120 genome confirmed the presence of three open reading frames (all1691, all2473 and alr0957) containing the histidine-rich region characteristic of the Fur family. The genes coding for the three Fur proteins were cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The overexpression products, called FurA, FurB and(More)